National FFA Organization names American Star award winners

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Farm Forum

INDIANAPOLIS – FFA members from Oklahoma, Minnesota and South Dakota earned the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization on Oct. 20 at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The American Star awards – including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience – are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

This year’s winners are:

American Star Farmer: Tyler Jacob Schnaithman, Garber FFA Chapter, Oklahoma.

American Star in Agribusiness: Shane A. Mueller, Garretson FFA Chapter, South Dakota.

American Star in Agricultural Placement: Brett K. Petersen, Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg-KMS FFA Chapter, Minnesota.

American Star in Agriscience: Elizabeth A. Renner, West Central FFA Chapter, South Dakota.

Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment.

Sixteen American Star award finalists from throughout the United States are nominated for a panel of judges to interview during the national convention and expo. Four were named winners during an onstage ceremony tonight and received cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The Star Over America Awards are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services; Case IH; Elanco Animal Health; Farm Credit and Syngenta.